Sustainable Development

Nixon Peabody works with developers, investors, and others to understand public and private sustainable development tools, requirements, and systems, including LEED®, green building acts, and other green building standards. We collaborate with our clients to incorporate these protocols and regulations into development, management, and investment programs. We have experience counseling clients through the risks and opportunities, and myriad development, financial, and regulatory documents to comply with green standards, and we assist with incorporating green financial incentives, including renewable energy and other tax credits (such as wind, solar, and biomass) into these programs. We have experience with the following related issues:

  • Renewable energy: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas
  • Affordable and mixed-income housing
  • Sustainable development
  • Brownfields redevelopment
  • Climate change and carbon trading issues
  • Green building
  • Green leasing
  • Green development
  • Green financing
  • Contract disputes regarding advertising LEED® and other green marketing statements
  • Promotion of “green” marketing
  • Risk mitigation for owners, developers, contractors, and design professionals
  • Historic preservation
  • Transportation issues

There's a segment of the local tech industry ‘primed to grow rapidly.’ But we're leaving money on the table.

Washington Business Journal | April 15, 2021

This article on clean technology in the Washington, DC region details New Partners Community Solar’s roots within our firm, as well as the organization’s mission, and quotes New Partners CEO Herb Stevens and President Jeff Lesk, both senior counsel with the Community Development Finance group in DC.

Solar Power Access: A Matter of Justice

Washington Lawyer | March 01, 2020

This in-depth profile of New Partners Community Solar features Nixon Peabody’s role in the project and quotes Washington, DC, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk and senior counsel Herb Stevens.

The General Counsel’s Big Opportunity to Protect Reputation: 6 Tips

Corporate Counsel | December 16, 2019

This article, covering six tips for general counsel to fortify their corporate reputations, cites New Partners Community Solar Corporation as an example of effectively collaborating with others for greater impact. The authors mention Nixon Peabody’s collaboration with the District Department of Energy & Environment, Brookfield Properties, National Housing Trust Community Development Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, and Sol Systems in forming NP Community Solar.

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